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Academic Competitions

Out of concern for the health and safety of everyone involved, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 STEM Bowls and 2021 Chess Tournaments due to their high-contact components. All other competitions listed below will be VIRTUAL. Thank you for your understanding.


IU13 coordinates a wide variety of workshops, events, and competitions for local elementary, middle, and high school students.

Academic Competitions CollageExplore competition opportunities in the following areas:

  • 24 Challenge® Math Competitions (Grades 4-8)
    Based on the 24 Challenge® game, this tournament-style competition features tables of four players, competing in a round-robin format. Separate competitions are offered for students in Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8. Learn more about 24 Challenge® Math Competitions.
  • Elementary STEM Bowl (Grades 4-5)
    This fast-paced quiz-bowl-style competition, complete with sophisticated buzzers, is designed to showcase and apply 4th and 5th grade students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math. Hands-on activities require teams to utilize the Engineering Design Process to complete group challenges. Learn more about Elementary STEM Bowl.
  • Governor’s STEM Competition (Grades 9-12)
    Teams of high school students from across the state are challenged to research, present, and design a device or project that makes the quality of life better for citizens translated into real-life needs. Learn more about the Governor’s STEM Competition.
  • K’NEX® STEM Design Challenge (Grades 4-5)
    Teams of students are tasked with designing, developing and implementing a solution to an engineering problem. Students will present their finished product to a panel of judges who will score on creativity, teamwork, and the success of their challenge. Learn more about K’NEX® STEM Design Challenge.
  • Lancaster-Lebanon Chess Tournaments (Grades K-8)
    Students with a wide range of experience in formal chess tournaments are guided through the process of competing in a four-round, Swiss System tournament. Teams of four students represent their schools, learn about the strategy of chess, and practice the etiquette of the game. Learn more about Lancaster-Lebanon Chess Tournaments.
  • Reading Olympics (Grades 4-12)
    This event is designed to promote independent reading skills while fostering collaboration and team-building through a quiz-bowl-style event. Teams earn points by answering plot, summary, and character questions about each book on the reading list. Learn more about Reading Olympics.
  • Sea, Air & Land Challenge (Grades 9-12)
    Developed by the PSU Electro Optics Center in collaboration with the Office of Naval Research Program, the Sea, Air & Land Challenge is a unique STEM competition that brings teams of 5-10 high school students together to design and build robotic vehicles. Learn more about Sea, Air & Land Challenge.
  • Regional Media and Design Competition – MADCom
    MADCom (formerly called the Technology/Computer Fair) is a regional media and design competition for middle- and high-school students, consisting of six technical categories: 3-D Design, Animation, Digital Movie, Logo and Graphic Design, Programming, and Web Page Design. Learn more about MADCom.
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